You Want Space? Juniper Gives You Space
The fight for the data center continues with Juniper's Space, a centralized management framework which consists of a management server and a development program with APIs and an SDK to integrate applications with Juniper's Junos operating system. One the one hand, Space is just a management and orchestration platform with integration hooks much like HP's Insight. What makes Space unique and interesting is the developer program and the potential of opening the API and SDK to developers and enterp
Aruba Brings SaaS To Multi-Vendor WLAN Management
WLAN vendor Aruba Networks has announced AirWave on Demand (AoD), a Software as a Service (SaaS) edition of their multi-vendor WLAN management tool. AoD features the same WLAN management, identification, monitoring, and security functionality of the server-based AirWave Wireless Management Suite, but hosted at Aruba's data center. Subscriptions will be available on a monthly or annual basis, as well as opportunities for resellers to remarket the service. The service is in early customer deplo
Juniper's Big Day: New Software Platform, New Hardware, New Partners
Juniper is making a number of announcements today at an analyst's day in New York. Most important is Junos Space, a new software integration program that provides integration capabilities with Junos operating system. Then there is Junos Pulse, an integrated software client, a new chipset for the MX routers for service providers and large enterprises, as well as a cloud computing initiative to deliver a host of services such as scaling, application visibility, and threat protection.
IEEE Ratifies 802.15.3c, Multi-gigabit Speed Wireless PAN Standard
The IEEE today announced that its Standards Board has ratified IEEE 802.15.3c-2009, Standard for Information Technology-Telecommunications and Information Exchange between systems-Local and Metropolitan networks-Specific requirements-Part 15.3: Wireless Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)Specifications for High Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs): Millimeter-wave based Alternative Physical Layer Extension Amendment.
Vidyo Granted Patent For Groundbreaking Video Conferencing Architecture
Vidyo Inc., the first company to deliver personal telepresence, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company a patent for its VidyoRouter architecture which delivers reliable, low latency, multipoint conferencing over any IP network including the Internet. The patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,593,032 entitled "System and Method for a Conference Server Architecture for Low Delay and Distributed Conferencing Applications") covers the key intellectual property behind V
Cisco Without Borders
Cisco has introduced a new network architecture: the Borderless Network architecture, along with a five-phase plan designed to help deliver services and applications to anyone, anywhere, on any device, at anytime. As the first proof point of its Borderless Networks architecture, Cisco announced the second generation of its Integrated Services Router, the ISR G2.
AirMagnet Brings 802.11n To Enterprise WLAN Monitoring
Wireless management and security vendor AirMagnet has unleashed the latest incarnation of their AirMagnet Enterprise product. Along with software enhancements, the product line now features 802.11n hardware sensors to scan the airwaves for security, configuration and interference issues on enterprise WLAN deployments. The software upgrade is free for existing customers with support agreements. Upgrade pricing is available on the new hardware.
Dell and Juniper Team Up
The rapidly evolving networking market took another unexpected turn when server powerhouse Dell teamed up with network equipment supplier Juniper. Dell will now resell Juniperï¿¼s MX Series Ethernet services routers, EX Series Ethernet switches and SRX Series services gateways, which all run Juniper's JUNOS operating system software.
Emulex Heads Backwards At 80 MPH
Today Emulex announced the general availability of its "UCNA" to channel partners. However, I think it's important to be clear about what they have actually announced: they are making ServerEngines' 10GbE NIC available to channel partners. There are neither FCoE nor iSCSI capabilities on the card; it ships with Ethernet support. From all indications, it's a ServerEngines board with an Emulex logo.
The Truth About The FCC Proposed Rules On Net Neutrality
Ever since the FCC announced their proposed rules on net neutrality, there has been massive misinformation from news outlets, commentators, politicians, and political groups. The proposed rulings repeatedly state that the provisions are subject to network management, don't impede law enforcement or emergency preparedness and don't require providers to allow illegal activity, such as copyright infringement or pirating. Anyone who says differently is either misinformed or lying.
Including Internet Load Balancing And Redundancy In DR Strategies
Town and Country, a Palo Alto-based SMB that has been doing business for over twenty years and provides premier placement services for nannies and home service workers. The company's thirty-five employees screen candidates and place them with clients. Much of this work is conducted by phone. Because telephony and strong network communications are vital, Town and Country wanted to ensure that calls were never dropped and that call quality was consistently high.
SuperComm 2009: Brocade, Ixia, NTT, Mu Dynamics, Cisco, and NetOptics
Visiting vendors and talking to product managers is the only reason I go to shows. On occasion, I participate in a panel or give a presentation, but what I really want to do is see what vendors have cooking. SuperComm, while not an enterprise show, has quite a few vendors that service both carriers and enterprises, and often products tend to flow from the carrier to enterprise market as bandwidth demands rise. Keeping an eye on what they are doing tells us where the enterprise may be heading.
Carriers Renew Focus On SMBs
AT&T and Avaya create a dedicated sales center for small and midsize businesses, while Sprint forms a Small Business specialty team to develop new products and services.
SuperComm 2009 Keynotes: Long On Vision
Two keynotes by the leaders of ATT and Cox Communications covered topics near and dear to their respective hearts. Neither were particularly earth shattering, but getting the birdseye view from the executive suite is useful because it informs us of companies' directions, goals and priorities.
Ericsson Profits Drop 71%
The wireless equipment maker was hit with sluggish sales and declining results from its joint venture with Sony.
Linesider Overdrive Automates Network Management
One of the thornier issues with building a dynamic infrastructure for a data center or campus LAN is creating a simple, robust, and reliable management system to configure network connectivity. Unless you have the luxury of designing a brand new network, chances are you have a mix of routers, switches and network gear from more than one vendor. Linesider Overdrive Network Services Virtualization Platform aims to simplify the management by abstracting the actual commands from the goals of a task.
Mu Dynamics Moves To Real-World IP Tests
Network testing has traditionally been all about "speeds and feeds." Traffic that matches patterns specified in a protocol's RFC are blasted at the device under test as rapidly as possible until the test finishes or the device rolls over and dies. It's a useful testing method for manufacturers who want to make sure their devices comply with the standards, but terribly limited for any other purpose. Mu Dynamics has introduced a new version of its Mu Testing Solution that focuses on testing for ca
Verizon CEO Predicts Doom And Gloom Over Pending Ruling
At Supercomm 2009, Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications keynote, kicked off the day with a rousing talk about how broadband is changing our lives and why the FCC should butt out of setting Internet policy. Luckily I was traveling and couldn't attend or I'd have been tempted to pull a "Joe Wilson" and shout "You lie!"
Verizon Business Application Assurance SaaS Bring APM To The Masses
Verizon Business Application Assurance brings active and passive Application Performance Monitoring (APM) to their Private IP customer base. Application Assurance integrates with their management portal, Verizon Enterprise Center, providing a seamless management experience. Application Assurance will be available in December, 2009 and offers long term and short term deployments. Managed APM can be very cost effective compared to purchasing and an APM software suite.
Network Neutrality: Reconsidering Flat-Rate Internet Access
Later this week, the FCC is expected to release details of a newly proposed policy addressing network neutrality. These rules, motivated primarily by a desire on the part of the Obama administration to encourage openness and innovation on the Internet, are also mired in intense political debate, some of it ideological but much of it driven by a corrupt system of campaign finance. Corporate donors are staking out their turf and finding compromise won't be easy.
Qlogic Gives Emulex A Black Eye
With exclusive design wins at NetApp & IBM, and offering the only single chip CNA you can get from EMC today, QLogic continues to pommel its competitors.
Cisco Retools Its Router Line
Since its inception 25 years ago, Cisco has been synonymous with routing. The company rolled out its most significant router upgrade, Integrated Services Router Generation (ISRG 2) since 2004 and focused on enhanced video transmission capabilities, more virtualized services, and reduced energy consumption as the means to maintain its market position.
Enterasys S-Series Switches To Replace N-Series In Data Center
Enterasys has launched the S-Series of switches for datacenter deployments, a modular switch family that will ultimately replace the N-Series. The new series also comes with an updated operating system that will run on the older N-Series as well. However, the company doesn't have a clear plan for FCoE or partner engagements that Brocade, Cisco and Juniper, have won, leaving us with some doubts about their long term vision.
Enterasys Revamps Switching Line
Enterasys, which has been languishing in the Ethernet switching market, is trying to breathe new life into its products. To entice small and medium businesses, the companyï¿¼s S-Series features high performance switching, resilient power, and enhanced management functions.
Q&A: HP ProCurve CTO Paul Congdon
Our interview takes a deep diving into networking, with Paul Congdon, HP ProCurve's chief technology officer. Congdon not only opines on managing network sprawl, but he's playing a big part in the solution. As the vice chairman of the IEEE 802.1 working group, Congdon is hard at work on the data center bridging standard, which seeks to make Ethernet the single converged fabric in the data center.